As if achieving a sober lifestyle is not hard enough ... A fire at the Dove Recovery House for Women, which provides almost half the county's transitional housing for women committed to embracing recovery from chemical addiction, resulted in the emergency relocation to a hotel of all 18 resident women. The fire originated in the furnace and involves the electrical system. Engineers are still determining the appropriate response to rehabilitating Dove's facility. At this point, no one is sure how long the emergency housing measures may be needed; the current ball park estimate is two weeks, said City Council President Maggie Lewis, who serves as Dove House executive director. The greatest need at this point is for non-perishable food and cash. No clothing can be accepted at this time. Donations can be dropped or delivered to the Sheriff's Department at 40 S. Alabama St. 46202. DoveRecoveryHouse.com also includes a link to PayPal for online donations. In 2012, the Dove House served an estimated 90 women on their recovery journeys.
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